UntitledHello Festival Season!

You know summer is here when the festival season is well under way right? As a festival virgin until a few years ago, I feel I have a lot to catch up on. Enter the glitter bombs, mud and dry shampoo….

Recently performing at a Party in The Park, I wore THE perfect jumpsuit that you NEED if you are going to a festival this summer. The Farrah Can Can Jumpsuit from Joanie Clothing is the only jumpsuit you need to pack this season. Wear it with a tee underneath if it get’s cold or without if you want to sun your guns. With adjustable spaghetti straps, ruffle feature to the neckline and a flattering wide leg, it ticks all the right boxes.

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Untitled For quite some years, I struggled with poor eyesight and far too much pride to do anything about it. Anxious of name-calling and embarrassment, I would screw my eyes up and squint into the distance. Roughly five years ago, my then fiancé encouraged me to purchase some glasses, so scrawling through various designs I decided to take the plunge. Now I always believe that if you are going to do something, you should do it with your whole self and never hold back. With this in mind, I chose some baby pink frames and waited nervously for them to arrive. They were fabulous. They gave me the confidence to stand out and being able to see clearly again made me want to wear them all the time. Fast-forward to the present day and I now wear glasses as soon as I roll out of bed!

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Untitled ‘Ding-dong the witch is dead, the wicked witch is deaaaad.’ Okay perhaps not quite Dorothy and somewhere over the rainbow, but this look reminds me of the wicked witch of the west. I am feeling this “army green” vintage pencil skirt with every sip of witchy brew I take (too many puns already – okay enough.) There is just something about a purple and green combination that reminds me of the spookiest time of the year and if you are ever without a Halloween outfit – this is a brilliant basic to start from. I added a “witch on a broom” pin to this outfit, which comes c/o “Pin Club” – you can read about them here. For a small monthly subscription, you can receive a brand new pin in the post every single month. Octobers pin is this wicked witch of the west flying through the midnight sky on her wooden broomstick. If you want to be ghostly but gorgeous – its little details like this sweet pin that makes all the difference.

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This post features vintage from my own store and has been styled for promotional purposes. Please visit: www.monicavalentinevintage.com for more.

Untitled Ah Halloween. Once this spooky time of year comes around, I know that can only mean one thing – Christmas. Yes I said it, I went there. But it is The Most Wonderful Time of The Year. Each year, there are zombies, pumpkins, witches and mummies roaming about scaring people at house parties and nightclubs. Without wanting to be a carbon copy from all the rest of us who have “raided the pound shop” at the last minute – how DO you dress for Halloween but still maintain your own retro / vintage inspired style?

All this week on my blog I have some ghoulish get-ups that will help you get in the scary spirit but those that you can actually wear to work without fear of getting fired. Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. It is a strange but fascinating fixation that most of us have with dressing up creepily. There are a small handful of us that absolutely go all out each year and look like we belong in another world (perhaps the Underworld) and then we have the cutie patoooootie Halloweeners that consider “a nurses outfit with blood on” a spine tingly terrifying ensemble. However you like to celebrate – stay tuned to my blog for outfits, ideas and inspiration all this week!

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This post features vintage from my own store and has been styled for promotional purposes. Please visit: www.monicavalentinevintage.com for more.

Untitled Morning Peaches! Sometimes in life – you have those “moments” where two completely separate things collide to make an absolute perfect formation and you swear down that it must have been planned by the universe all along right?

As you all know – I am currently busy writing some new tracks for my E.P. I have been taking inspiration by listening to the glitz and glamour of artists from the 1930s such as The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday. This one particular song I have started writing reminds me of being back in the 1930s, dancing around the room while a huge brass band plays with exuberance in the corner.

Imagine my sheer amazement when the press release for the new collection from “Palava” lands on my doorstep describing the new season as “glitz and glam from the 1930s” – Mind BLOWN.

The Universe really does have a way of embellishing my imagination.

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